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Manufacturing firm fined after worker’s arm injured in roller

Written by Phoenix Health & Safety
13th October 2016
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A Wirral based company has been fined £170,000 after a worker’s arm was injured in machinery.

Warwick Crown Court heard how an installation engineer of Sovex Limited suffered a broken arm when it was pulled into machinery at the UK Mail site in Coventry, where he was commissioning a new conveyor belt system.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into the incident which occurred on 21 January 2015, found there was a lack of effective guarding and isolation procedures on the machinery. 

Sovex Limited, of Prenton Business Park, Prenton Way, Prenton, Wirral, were found guilty of breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, and was fined £170,000 with £24,000 costs. 

Phoenix comment “Consideration for assessing risks from machinery should be implemented across all activities, including non-operational tasks of commissioning, servicing, maintenance, testing, cleaning and decommissioning.  Where access requires that normal guarding or controls are removed, or access is required inside existing guarding, then additional measures are needed to prevent danger from the mechanical, electrical and other hazards that may be exposed. There should be clear company rules on what isolation procedures are required”.

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